HOLIDAY DISASTER!!!

Danny Hanning

Danny Rolling Hills Estates

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My Dearest Readers, Family, Friends and Followers –

My financial situation has become much worse! TODAY (December 14th, 2014) is the TWENTY-SEVENTH anniversary of the Very First Date between Allen and myself. I am very deeply saddened by the fact that as much as I would like… WANT to do something special for Allen to celebrate. However, I/we completely lack the financial resources with which to celebrate or enjoy this very important and… well… incredible anniversary! My parents only made it to their 25th anniversary! That Allen and I have made it to out 27th anniversary is… REALLY is an achievement to be proud of and that really deserves to be celebrated. On top of that… Christmas is just a WEEK away… and, again, I/we lack the financial means with which to enjoy and/or celebrate this wonderful and joyous occasion.

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Therefore, My Dearest Readers I am asking for your HELP and ASSISTANCE! I know that there is little time left… but I just know that ‘If there is a will, there is a WAY!’ A way to help me to bring joy and reward Allen for how hard he works… how hard he works to keep me; bathed, shaved, to my appointments, to my chemotherapy, and sitting beside me each and ever; test, scan, treatment, appointment and EVERYTHING! HONESTLY… I really want to show him I care. I cannot; sell blood, sell organs, or enlist and/or participate in ANY drug trials or other experimental treatments due to my cancer. I wrote, here earlier. That I was going to see if there were any experimental treatments of drug trials that I could get involved with so that I could bring more money into the home. Money to provide a Christmas for Allen and myself.

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Over the past two weeks I have contacted a half-dozen companies that conduct; drug trials, medical procedure trials, and experimental surgeries. ALL of them, after I told them that I have Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, told me that I was barred from participation in any kind of drug trials, medical procedure paid trials, or paid experimental surgeries. This really burst my bubble and plunged me even deeper into depression and rejection. NOW?

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Now, My Dearest Readers, the ONLY HOPE I have is that somebody… someone… that reads my works… knows me on Facebook… or SOMEBODY that I went to PHS with… hears my story and… (I am really praying… every day) and… offers to help me out. There simply is not time for me to run and Indiegogo campaign. That was the way I raised the money for my power chair… and it was the way I raised the money I needed when Allen was arrested for stealing a truck (at 47!!!) RIGHT when the building we were living in was SOLD and EVERYBODY was being forced to move out!

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Therefore, I am throwing caution to the wind and working as hard as I can… regardless of the effect on my health, during chemotherapy. I have decided that I am going to write and publish as much as I can in hopes that someone ‘sees’ my need and takes a few moments to lend us/me a hand in my time of great need! For ANYONE that wants to help? Please contact me through this blog, via Facebook, or through my email – Enzomatrix@earthlink.net.

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You CAN send help, money, through PayPal by using my name Daniel Hanning and the email that I listed above. I sincerely apologize! This is NOT the situation that I wanted to be in at Christmas or at our Anniversary!!! I dread asking people for any kind of help or financial assistance… but what am I going to do!?! I cannot work… I cannot sell; my blood, my organs, do drug trials, or experimental surgeries! About the only thing left, for me, would be to stand out by the side of the freeway with a cardboard sign and beg for money. Please help!?!?

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Pre-Chemo Appointment DONE.

My Dear Readers I have just spent two hours in ‘Orientation’ for Chemotherapy.  Unfortunately, due to my lack of financial means, I will be poorly prepared for… and After treatment.
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I lack to needed; foods, fluids, and dietary items to face this challenge. That was THE REASON behind my campaign. Next Tuesday is my first chemotherapy.  I am supposed to have; plenty to extra fluids (juices, flavored waters) to fight the dehydration.  Plenty of foods, small high calorie foods, that I AM WITHOUT.
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I cannot stop this train, and get off. I fear the damage this will do to my health. Please donate to Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund at Indiegogo and help me battle cancer.

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P.S.  PLEASE come back LATER today… As I am TRYING to write MORE… I am SEVERELY depressed… and, well, I have to get ‘My Head On Right’… soon. THanks! Danny

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The TRUTH about Danny…

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Daneil Hanning of The Other Shoe 2001

Daneil Hanning of The Other Shoe 2001

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            Dear Friends, Family and Followers at The Other Shoe and here at Facebook,
As many of you all know, my life (outside my writing at my blog) has taken a turn for the worse. My cervical spine is in a continual state of decline, pain and relentless popping grinding and decay. I do my BEST (honest, I try VERY hard) to keep a ‘Good Attitude’ and NOT to let… ‘Dark Thoughts’ past.
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Of late, that task is growing more and more… difficult. Just this Wednesday (yesterday) I had a visit with a new doctor to evaluate a lump I found. I am very grateful to find out it is NOT cancerous. However, what I DID find out… Well, it is an enlarged Lymph Node. Evidently I have an ‘infection’ of an unknown origin.
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I am working to find an ‘Infectious Disease’ specialist, and I am to schedule a C.T scan of my head and neck ‘With Contrast’. The contrast is to let the radiologist ‘see’ blood flow. They can ‘see’ things like… other ‘hidden’ tumors just by following the blood. Or they can see ruptured or damaged arteries or veins.
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They are using the contrast to, hopefully, find the origin of my infectious disease.

Now, my primary care doctor is CONVINCED that the problem lies with either; the hardware in my neck or the bone grafts that NEVER knitted (healed completely). He thinks that the bone grafts that did NOT turn solid… have become a source of infection. This would explain a great many things.
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It would explain; my frequent fevers, my feelings of fatigue, nausea, and flu like symptoms nearly every day. Thing is? I really am getting to the point… well, I am not sure if I ‘care’… Since 2002 I have been fighting with this cervical degenerative disc disease. What that means, in every day terms, is: every day I am in pain. I go to sleep at night in pain. Every single morning the VERY first thing I am aware of, upon waking up, is that I am in pain. I MUST wear either a soft cervical collar or a hard cervical collar… EVERY single day.
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When I DO ‘feel’ up to it, I write as much as possible. However, when I spend most of a day writing (and then it is about 30-45 mins writing, 30-45 mins resting, back and forth) when the day is done? That NIGHT I simply CANNOT sleep.. because of the greatly increased pain… and the loud poping and grinding in my neck. My left hand becomes mostly unusable, do to shooting pain and decreased range of motion and fine motor skills… as a result of the hours of work writing.
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When I can, I do my best to use my ‘Speech-to-Text’ software to help me write. This REALLY does help me keep from ending up in so much pain… but the darn program just… well, I spend SO much time correcting… often I wonder if it isn’t just easier to try and type. The days are getting… ‘darker’ for me. The growing concerns that the surgery that saved me from paraplegia… might have put something in my body that is poisoning me.
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Finally, yesterday I was told that I should be seeing a neurosurgeon every three to five years “because there are new surgeries and treatments all the time…”. Yeah, right, like the laser surgery for spinal stuff, right? 1) Medicare does NOT pay for stuff like that.. unless it is a matter of life or death 2) I have already been told that my first neurosurgeon ‘created the longest cervical fusion I (the 2nd neurosurgeon) had ever seen, and he was in his mid to late 50’s.
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I have been, several times now, advised to NEVER ALLOW someone to operate on my neck, again. The 1st surgeon did a fusion that “turned my neck into a hinge”.. right at the connection between the Cervical and Thoracic spine. This ‘hinge’ is crushing the disc and nerve roots at C7-T1… kind of like if you put a rubber grommet in between a door and the jam (at the hinges) and opened the door. The disc NEVER had a chance.
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Most nights… I just CANNOT sleep for the pain, like tonight. So, I sit up all alone with my pain and fears… and people wonder why I am depressed. 😉
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Anyway, it is all getting more and more difficult. Getting up… writing… seeing doctors… any/all of ‘it’… just gets me more and more ‘Blue’. Everyone has the own cross to bear. I understand and respect that… THAT is WHY you don’t normally hear me complain… much at ALL. What good does it do, anyway…
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The frosting on the cake of my life is the incredible crushing feeling of poverty. I HATE being… ‘poor’… yet, I am not without pain enough, or long enough, to actually ‘work’ at anything resembling a ‘real’ job. Bottom line… it is, every morning, getting more and more difficult giving a shit enough to get out of bed. The daily pain, and the inevitability of more and more pain… just makes me not want to even wake up.
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I don’t ‘Play the Lottery’. I don’t have a ‘Rich Uncle’… and as much as I love my writing and think that my writing is quite good… So do three million other guys just in California. Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention the nausea that comes with the fevers. Now, twice or three times a week I wake up about 3 AM and run to the bathroom to puke up everything I have eaten since the last time I puked up my guts.

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This is an ‘all new’ symptom that cropped up about two months ago. Not even Dr. Gorlick knows about this one. Now, I know what is going to be said; ‘This is secondary to the infection, the fevers and the disease… As soon as we find and treat this infectious disease, ti WILL get better’. Here’s a novel thought! What IF they NEVER find out WHAT is making me sick? What IF they DO find out and it IS either the hardware or the bone grafts that have caused the infection??? There is NOTHING that ANYONE can DO!

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Once the bone grafts are IN THERE… They can NEVER be removed. The hardware is DRILLED/SCREWED into my BONES! That isn’t going ANYWHERE! If Dr. Gorlick (and I AGREE with im) is RIGHT and it IS an infection from the surgery… the hardware of the grafts… WTF? Even IF there IS something that they can do? There is a 97% chance that ONLY ‘people with money’ can AFFORD to have it done! NO WAY Someone on Medicare/Medi-Cal could AFFORD to have this fancy stuff done… nope NEVER!

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I doubt that I will EVER post this… I doubt that IF I did… more than two people in the entire world would give ‘two hoots and a holler’. The depression is just crippling. The poverty is just… grinding me to a nub. The pain… honestly it is ripping my mind into tiny little shreds. And, there is NOTHING that I can do… but wish. Wish for ANYTHING to change… to improve. Then, wake up the next morning to more pain… and the reality that NOTHING has changed. If ‘this’ is what ‘life’ is going to be for me… for the rest of… ‘whatever’? WTF?

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Hell, I can’t EVEN ‘afford’ glasses I CAN SEE out OF! I am (barely) wearing the SAME glasses for the past DECADE! The lenses don’t stay in… one arm is hanging by a thread and it CAME from a different pair of glasses… and I can HARDLY see when I am outdoors and getting around.

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I WAKE UP to pain… that slowly (as the day progresses) turns into DEPRESSION. My lunch I am REALLY depressed… and that turns into MORE PAIN… By dinner time… I don’t really have an appetite. I eat JUNK because it tasted sweet… and the ONLY ‘real’ pleasure I have in life ANYMORE is eating sweet stuff. It helps… some, with the depression. That is not just ‘me’ saying that… a doctor told me to eat sweets, they help with depression. SO… I am going to weigh 200 lbs… be BLIND… not be able to WALK… my neck will sound like a cement mixer… I will trip over my own feet… and I cannot stand my LIFE. WTF?

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Thanks for reading…sorry if I depressed… YOU!

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WONDERFUL News and Update January 21st, 2014

            Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. My Dear Readers I come to you today with great and wonderful news. Earlier I promised you, My Dear Readers, an article about, and with my feelings about, the investigations that now swirl around Governor Chris Christie. I have every intention of writing and bringing that article to you, My Dear Readers. I am not here to make excuses or back away from, what I am sure will be, a controversial article here at The Other Shoe. For anyone, and everyone, that knows me in real life? They know that Danny does not back away from controversy.

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Whereas, I do not seek out controversy when faced with a controversial subject I do not shy away. For example, when I was a junior in high school in Pearland, Texas. Texas was, like, the capital for teenage suicide. That is something that you can still look up, today. I am not lying, nor am I exaggerating. In the late 1970’s Texas lead the nation in teenage suicides. It is one of those uncomfortable truths, about the state where I was born and raised.

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It even happened to a guy I knew. One day I was riding in the car with him, the next thing I knew… we were all in the theater with Doc Springfield and Dawn Lockwood was crying about this guy having killed himself. It struck so close to me… so very very close that I chose to write about it in the creative writing magazine of that year. Log story short, they banned the magazine from being sold on campus… because of my article about suicide… I went to the ACLU… got support from them and went before the Superintendent and School board and asked that the creative writing magazine be allowed back on campus. It was… time passed and, like, nobody remembers that it even happened. Point being, I stood up and spoke about a controversial subject that took away a friend.

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I will write about Governor Chris Chrisite, soon. Today… this article… is about something Wonderful that happened to me, today.

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I was sitting in the tub, about 12:30PM. I had cleaned the kitchen, and the bathroom… some. I ran myself a nice hot bath, and put Epsom salt in the bath. I was relaxing, in the hot bath, and thinking about my most favorite work; ‘The Adventures of Princess Nadia’ the first novel of this project ‘The Healing Light’. I was thinking about what I have struggled with… for the past two years. HOW to start. How to approach the novel, how to write what was in my heart, in my mind, in my soul. I have made; outlines, notes, and even planned out all the cliff-hangers that come at the end of the first novel and lead to the second novel. I have put all the character information into Storybook 4 (a nice novel writing software I am using…[ FYI I think that Storybook may be DOA… Does ANYONE know if Storybook is gone under? If SO… does ANYONE know of a similar novel writing software? Please help… this software was/is VERY helpful.] Thanks!).

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I have all the outlines done. I have plotted out character development. I have created all-most of the major characters. I have created/named all the major locations, and homes and places. I have done all the framework… and I have been totally stumped by HOW I was going to write the novel. How to get all the ideas, characters, plot and everything down on to paper (word processor) in a way that is readable. I have written some very important scenes. One of which I have shared with you, My Dear Readers, right here @ The Other Shoe. Then, I was stumped.

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I have been in this… stumped place for several months. I keep talking to Allen about; character development, plot points, turning points for characters, epiphanies for characters, technology in the novel, the WORLD that all the characters live in… tons about the novel. I was just totally stumped about how to start the first novel, and hot to tell the tale (tail… tale… rats… J ). .

Today, while sitting in the nice hot bath with Epsom salt… it hit me! I was talking to myself.. in my head… and all of the sudden I looked over at Prince Alexander (he sits on my bath chair.. when Allen is not here, when I take a bath). I looked over at Alexander and I said to him;

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        “Alex! I figured it out! I DID it, Alex… I figured out just how to write your story… yours and Nadia’s story! I finally figured it out!”

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I just couldn’t wait to get out of the tub. I rushed finishing my bath. I rushed getting shaved. I rushed through putting a new pain medication patch on, and I rushed getting dressed. Within thirty minutes from that moment in the tub, I was sitting behind my notebook computer… Writing ‘The Adventures of Princess Nadia – The Healing Light’.

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I wrote the first half-dozen pages, and then I saved my work and started writing this article for The Other Shoe. I cannot even begin to share with you, My Dear Readers, the overwhelming feelings I am experiencing now. I am overjoyed that I have broken through, and found my path from; outlines and notes and plot points to a novel. I, honestly, did not want to stop to write this article. I do not want to; watch TV, read anything, talk with anyone… all I want to do is sit and write this novel that has lived inside me for the past three years.

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Having said, I am going to bring this article to an end. I am going to publish this article… going to post on Facebook that it has been published (promote the article). Then, I am going to get a fresh drink and get back to writing my novel. Well, there is one more thing that I feel I must write. Something to a good friend… someone that I have considered a good friend… a person who was instrumental to me, during the Power Chair Assistance campaign.

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Things… changed… and I want to put some things… into words… into black and white, and send them to him. Some important… events… and feelings. Once that is done… and the message is on its way. I am going to get something to drink (a Coke Zero, I do not drink alcohol. I have nothing against drinking alcohol, or people who drink alcohol… I just do not drink, myself), get comfortable, start up the text-to-speech software… and take up where I left off.

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I want to say “Thank YOU!” to all of you, My Dear Readers. Because, without you… all of you… This moment would have never happened. Without your support… without some of you lending a hand with; food, money for food, money for my power chair… and most recently helping with contributions to help me move. Today.. would have never happened. “Thank YOU!”

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As always I am deeply honored that you come here and read my work.

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Thank YOU! .

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Just a shot of a VERY thankful Danny in His Power Chair

Just a shot of a VERY thankful Danny in His Power Chair

A Week In Review December 1st, 2013

Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. I am pleased to be back presenting the return of ‘A Week in Review’. This week I managed to publish SIX articles here at The Other Shoe. And, I can tell you, I have the pains and aches to prove it. I was, honestly, not going to write this article today… nor publish. However, it just seemed to be the right thing to do. I can see that my traffic is up at both locations of my blog, so I am hoping to keep ‘A Good Thing’ going.

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Now, for all my regulars, you will notice that ‘A Week In Review’ is not the top article. I have decided that, for the time being, I am going to leave ‘Boycott Target’ pinned to the front page. If you haven’t already read that article, I would like to implore you to do so. My Dear Readers, I do not talk about… that day. That article is the very first time that I have put the events of that day into written form. It did not come easy.

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I hope that everyone is sharing ‘Boycott Target’ on all your social media, and among friends and co-workers. This article… and my… experience deserve much better than to be made into some slapstick training video. I hope that you agree and continue to share, and post links to this article… EVERYWHERE.

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On, on with today’s effort. As I mentioned, I have managed to produce six articles this week. I hope that you all have enjoyed my work. However, if you have been busy with; cooking, shopping, and familial concerns? Here is your opportunity to catch-up with this weeks’ publications. Here we go!

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  • I’ll Be Seeing You, Again, Soon : “Welcome back My Dearest Readers to The Other Shoe. I have been away for six days, not without good reason. On July 11 of this year I started a campaign to raise money to help me move. A very successful campaign, I might add. However, since I started that campaign I have not taken time away for myself. In the past six months I; was forced to move from a place I called home for a decade, watched a man I dearly love work to undermine his best efforts and destroy his life in slow motion, did everything I could to raise enough money to move alone if need be, packed the majority of my home by myself (which, in my condition, was; terrifying, painful, and humiliating), moved, lost, and worked the very fiber of my being to regain myself and what little status I had in the community I choose to express myself.” This article marked the beginning of, what was to be, a prolific week of writing. I set out to set a goal, and a direction, for my writing… and I managed to succeed. My thinking was, you all would be home more (for the holiday) and I wanted to make sure that you had some of my work to read. Honestly, this is the most I have written and published since my last Indiegogo campaign. NO, I am not planning on running a campaign. … I wish. Yes, things are very tight, financially. For Thanksgiving? I had a turkey pot pie. However, I am not about to start a campaign @ Christmas.
  • Pope Francis Strikes AGAIN  :  “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Today (November 26th, 2013) Pope Francis, again, went out of his way to denounce and decry an “idolatry of money” that will result in “a new tyranny.”[1] Now, I have known from the earliest days of his Papacy, that this Pope would likely change the Catholic Church. I understood the choice of a Pope hailing from a less developed country on the South American continent would shift the focus of the Vatican back to the “needs of the many”. However, I am happy to provide proof of my statement. Here is Pope Francis, in his own words:…” This article came out of nowhere. I was just reading the news, and Pope Francis’ actions just jumped off the page and into my writing. This Pope, Pope Francis, IS the Pope that America needs right now. The level of avarice in America, right now, is disastrous. This has been building, for decades, but now I find the greed and narcissism nauseous. Americans need to take a step back, from the brink and stop measuring themselves and others by their wallets. I am happy to say that I have been on this soapbox for several years. I am comforted that I am no longer alone on the soapbox. I have great company, Pope Francis. IF you have not read this article? I urge you to do so, RIGHT NOW!
  • Daniel’s November Video Update : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Today (November 26th, 2013) has been a very busy day, for me. I already wrote, and published ‘I’ll Be Seeing You, Again, Soon’, recorded and uploaded this video and started a very nice article about Pope Francis. If it is not already published, when you are reading this article, keep the faith. I am certain that I am working, diligently, to get it finished and published for your entertainment and enlightenment. I am not Catholic. My mother switched from Southern Baptist to Catholic late in life… in her 70’s. It made her happy. Something about how the church had been treating her since her divorce… that happened back in the early 70’s. Why they would hold a grudge for decades is beyond me… However, a great many things the Southern Baptists do leaves me vexed.” I was not aware of the fact, at the time, but this article was actually a precursor to an experiment I publish later in the week. It signaled the beginning of my ‘combination’ articles. Where I combine a written article with a corresponding video. I am hoping to continue this practice well into the new year.
  • The Process  : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Today I am conducting a bit of an experiment, as I am writing to you. As the name of this article indicates, The Process, today I’m showing you behind the curtain and a little bit of the process that takes place when I write an article. With the help of this software Dragon ‘Naturally Speaking’[1] speech to text software… I am right now dictating an article as I am making a video of the dictation. Later today… Much later tonight I will be posting this completed article along with this video.” As I mentioned, above, this IS the article I turned into an experiment. From the traffic and votes I see the experiment as a complete success. I wanted ti ‘Give Back’ to all of you My Dear Readers. How better than to show you all how I go about writing and publishing the works you read. I had a very enjoyable time, making this article happen. I hope that you enjoyed the article as much as I enjoyed writing. Thanks!
  • MMORPGs And YOU! Final Fantasy XIV – A Realm Reborn : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. It is my pleasure to announce the resurrection of one of your most favorite article series here at The Other Shoe. That series is, of course, MMORPGs And YOU!. This was an extremely popular series of articles earlier this year. I had mentioned, earlier this week, that I was going to bring back this series to reveal to you the very first MMORPG I ever played World of Warcraft. However, events transpired such that instead today I will bring you a review of the most revered RPG series in the history of gaming. Today I bring you a review, screenshots and video of Final Fantasy XIV (2) ‘A Realm Reborn’.” Again, this article just kind of HAPPENED. I was looking at sales, at Gamestop, and saw that the MMORPG ‘Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn’ was on sale for $14.99. I knew that I could trade in My Coke Reward points for Gamestop bucks… and BAM! Suddenly I am trading in points to bucks, and the next thing I know I am downloading a game I have wanted for, literally, MONTHS! I am quite happy with my purchase, and very happy with this article. As well, this series of articles simply was the single most popular series of any I have published. However, my baking articles are gaining a LOT of popularity. You can look forward to more of those, later this month.
  • Boycott Target : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe and a very special… and very personal article. From the very beginning I am going to beg your patience and indulgence My Dear Readers. As I have never, in my life, engaged in the type of activity I’m embarking on tonight. Tonight I am going to share this single most terrifying incident in my entire life. An incident that forever changed my life and the major reason I find myself in a wheelchair today.’ As I stated, before, IF you have NOT read this article… You simply MUST! This is one of the most heartfelt articles I have ever written. As I mentioned, in the prologue, I have NEVER put the events of that day in written form. Now I have, and I would appreciate all your support. Please, consider Sharing… posting… and even quoting this article as much as you possibly can. I do not know if this article will ‘take-off’… It deserves too. I am deeply wounded that Target turned the most tragic day of my adult life… into… a bloody training video. From what I was told? Most of the time, when it is shown… they LAUGH. I am NOW in a power chair… will be in pain for the rest of my days… and pople LAUGH at the incident that put me in this pain? Help me, please?

Well, that brings us to the end of the week and the end of this article. Please, SHARE… and SHARE… and SHARE! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. One day… maybe I will, too.

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As always I am deeply honored that you come here and read my work.

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Thank YOU!

Boycott Target

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Boycott Target

Boycott Target\

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe and a very special… and very personal article. From the very beginning I am going to beg your patience and indulgence My Dear Readers. As I have never, in my life, engaged in the type of activity I’m embarking on tonight. Tonight I am going to share this single most terrifying incident in my entire life. An incident that forever changed my life and the major reason I find myself in a wheelchair today.

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The date; August 25, 1987. The place; Target stores electronics lock up in Manhattan Beach California. I was nearing the end of my shift working in electronics for Target in Manhattan Beach California on Pacific Coast Highway. I was in the lockup storeroom they used for electronics. I was in the process of doing a visual inventory, minding my own business and doing my job, when my life was turned completely upside down.

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Everything I am about to tell you, My Dear Readers, I have pieced together from information given to me after the fact, and my own memories. I was not alone in the electronics lock up on that day. There was another girl… She was on the top of a very tall ladder at the other side of the room. She was moving stock around at the very top of the steel racks that contained merchandise. To this day I fear that she, unintentionally, put the events in the action that resulted in my injury.

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As I said, I was doing a visual inventory of a stack of oddly assorted merchandise. Everything in this lockup, except what was in front of me, was on steel racks. However the pile of merchandise in front of me… was not on any kind of supports whatsoever. In the stack there were; boxes of photo albums, boxes containing video games, boxes containing pretty much every other odd and end you might find in the electronics department from calculators to cameras to… A single electric Smith Corona typewriter.

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Aye. there’s the rub… the electric Smith Corona typewriter (for some stupid reason) was on the very top and a 15 foot stack of miss-stocked items. At that moment I had no idea how that typewriter got all the way to the top of an unevenly stacked and precariously held together 15 foot pile of electronics. However, in a matter of moments that typewriter would change my life in ways that I would not fully understand till 26 years later, today. The other employee and I were not talking. As I remember, I did not know this employee very well. I recognized her from the store I had seen her around before, but we had never talked are engaged each other socially. Odd, this person and I did not know each other but in a matter of moments her being in that room would set about a chain of events that ended up putting me in a wheelchair today.

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She was looking for something, on the very top rack of the steel that she was working on at the entrance of the electronics lock up. She was very busy shifting boxes around and moving things back and forth. All I know is; the next thing I knew was I saw her left hand push something… then a box… it fell over. Then as I looked up… she shouted  “watch out!”. The next thing I know I see this typewriter falling from the top of the stack towards my head. My Dear Readers looking back on this today I wonder… I think to myself. Why didn’t I jump to the left of the right? Why didn’t I fall to the ground and curl up into a ball? Why didn’t I put my hands over my head and go into a fetal position? The fact of the matter is, I did none of those things. All I did was lean forward and try and move my body to the left as this 30 pound steel electric typewriter fell 15 feet towards my head.

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I remember the typewriter striking the back of my head and my neck, that is the last thing I remember. The next thing I remember is waking up and somehow magically a room that only had myself another coworker in… it was full of people including the store manager. I remember feeling extremely hot. I remember I was in terrific pain. I remember that I couldn’t feel are hardly move my right arm or leg.  I remember I had difficulty speaking. The rest is history. I was immediately taken to Centinela hospital in Los Angeles, where I spent two months. Then I was transferred to an Institute for head injured adults in Long Beach.

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Just two weeks ago, while shopping ironically in a Target store here in West minister, I found out that that day… This, single worst day in my entire life… that… that day and my injury had been turned into a training video by Target for its employees. My Dear Readers it pains me to tell you that not once was I ever contacted by Target prior to them making this video. Target did not notify me that they were going to make a video about the worst in my life. Target did not ask for my input or permission to take any event in my life that is left me in a wheelchair and turn it into a video. And worst of all My Dear Readers Target has not offered me one red cent for capitalizing on this tragic accident.

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That is why I am asking you… All of you to please consider, this holiday season, boycotting Target. I strongly feel that Target stores should be boycotted because they have taken the most terrible day in my entire life and turned it into a training video… Turn it into a way for them to make money. I apologize, I know that this is asking a lot, but I am asking you from the very depths of my soul to please boycott Target.   

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Boycott Target; until they contact me and offer me recompense for turning the worst day of my life into a training video. Boycott Target; for callously disregarding how it might make the victim of their negligence feel for them to turn the worst day of my life into a way to protect themselves from workman compensation claims. Boycott Target; because any company who would take a life-altering event and turn it into some flipping training video is not a company that deserves your money.

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Quite honestly, My Dear Readers, I firmly believe that Target should have first contacted me about making a video of the worst day in my life. Quite honestly I think that Target should’ve asked my permission before making about a video about the worst day in my life. And finally, I think Target should be paying me for all the years they have used the single most painful and life-changing day in my life to protect themselves from other lawsuits.

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My Dear Readers below is a video of me asking for everyone’s support. I would like to ask you to; share this video, share this article, share it through YouTube, share it through email, share it to family, share it to friends, share it to coworkers, share it to everybody that you can. Please help me get this article, this video, and my plight out to every person we possibly can because Target does not deserve all the holiday business. Please, help me and

Boycott Target!

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A Very Special Thank You

         Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. It is very late at night, or very early in the morning. Either way, Once again, I am learning that it is a ‘bad idea’ to eat onion rings at midnight right before going to bed. So, as the onion rings are burning holes in the lining of my stomach, I figured that I would get a head start on Saturday’s publications. Yesterday I filmed a short “Thank you!” video here in my new apartment. I was going to write this introduction later today, but writing it now seems the best use of my time.

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This week was quite busy. I was out each and every day; running errands, going shopping and getting some much needed sun and fresh air. While I was out I came to the realization that the neighborhood that I now call home is much better than Cypress. In Cypress I was forced (by the nature of my location) to shop at one of the most expensive supermarket grocery store chains, here in Southern California, Albertson’s. Now, I have two Target stores (with groceries) within power chair distance (within a half mile).

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One is located in the Westminster Mall, a very nice indoor mall with; Spencer’s Gifts, J.C. Penny, Hot Topic, Macy’s, Cinnabon and the afore mentioned Target. It is a two-story mall with fifty or more different shops and a large food court. If I am not ‘up’ to going to the mall, there is another Target the other direction in a medium sized strip mall with; a Pavilions, Jamba Juice, Einstein Bagels, Howard’s, Marie Calendars and about twenty other shops. You can go more casual without feeling like you accidentally went to church in your pajamas.

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Then there is Bella Terra. It is a series of strip malls connected with an upscale apartment complex. This is the mini-mall where Allen got his job at Kohl’s. The 405 freeway is half a block south from my building, and that will be very convenient, once I get a car or van. There is just no end of places to go and shop, or just window shop. I also have, for the first time in ten years (and the very first time since I bought my power chair) a ground floor apartment! In just the past month, I have used my power chair more than in the pervious year.

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This has, all, put me in a much better personal space. Having said, I felt compelled to express my gratitude to everyone that hs helped to make my new home a reality. Hence, the video below. I hope that you enjoy watching the video as much as I enjoyed making it for you. Please, take a moment to watch and accept my deep and heartfelt “Thank YOU!”

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As always, I am honored that you come here and read my work.

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A Friday For the Birds

             Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Today is Friday and Alan I were out shopping quite early this morning, when we caught a glimpse of a site that reminded me of Hitchcock’s movie ‘The Birds’. Have you ever experienced that, My Dear Readers, happen across a set of circumstances or a visual moment where it flashes on you ‘my goodness that’s what the filmmaker _________ simply must have seen (or experienced) when he thought of doing __________ movie!’

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Out here, in California, this happens more often than probably any other state but New York. I remember the very first time I heard someone mention the name of the city, that’s out here, Rancho Cucamonga and I immediately flashed on Bugs Bunny saying those words. Moreover, it’s not limited to film or music. For all of my readers that are gamers, the company Blizzard used to be located in Northern California right outside Oakland in the city of Walnut Grove. Sitting in an office building, and the eastern part of Oakland, or pretty much anywhere and southern Walnut Grove one could look out your window and see a very large hill (wannabe of the mountain) by the name of Diablo.

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We creative types just love lifting names, characters, titles and host settings straight out of the environment we live or work. The first image I will share with you, below, is one I titled ‘George and Gracie’. As a tribute to George Burns and Gracie Allen.

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George & Gracie

George & Gracie

(George & Gracie)

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When I was manager of Plazawoods Apartments, in the city of Stanton, I had two ducks that came every year to the heated pool in my building. Every year they would come and stay for a couple of months, I imagine when it was time for them to breed. Later I was informed, by the health department, that allowing these ducks to hang out for several weeks in the pool was ‘unhealthy’ and that it could ‘spread disease’ to residents in the building that chose to swim. It was never my intention to expose any residents to any kind of disease. Luckily, for me, no resident ever came to the office to complain to me and no resident ever became sick because of exposure to these docs in the pool.

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The next image I did not see, at first. I had first taken the picture of George and Gracie. Then I looked up to see if there were any other birds around. Yes, there were. The image below is what I saw when I looked up from George and Gracie.

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'The Birds' @ Howard's in Huntington Beach

‘The Birds’ @ Howard’s in Huntington Beach

(‘The Birds’ @ Howard’s in Huntington Beach)

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I am not sure if you can see clearly just how many birds there were on the top of that building, from this photograph. But they were two rows thick along that ridge over the Howard’s store. As I looked around, in the parking lot, I saw that many of the businesses had seagulls lining the eves in the archways over the entrances. Now this is nothing unusual, here in Southern California. Whenever the beach areas get really overcast or rainy the seagulls, not liking the lack of sunlight and the cold air and wet, they head inland to warm up and find food that’s not soaking wet. Anyone that has lived from 5 to 10 miles from the ocean are even the Gulf of Mexico was seen this site, on more than one occasion.

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I just wanted to show you, My Dear Readers, the visual that made me flash on one of my most favorite Hitchcock movies. I really am enjoying the new area that I’ve moved into here in Orange County. As well, I have not forgotten that I would not be here in Westminster if it hadn’t been for; the generosity, kindness and support of everyone that donated in my last Indiegogo campaign. If it wasn’t for the kindness of all those people from; here in Southern California, Southeast Texas, and England I would most likely be living on the streets. I certainly wouldn’t be in a wonderful apartment twice the size of my last residence. I wouldn’t be only three or four blocks from the Westminster mall. Nor would I be within a mile to 2 miles from two different Targets I have a dozen fast food restaurants and several clothing stores and pet stores.

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Allen found the location, and helped me move, but it was you, My Dear Readers, that gave me… Shared with me… And empowered me to move to what has to be the nicest place I’ve lived in a decade. In closing, I would just like to take a moment to say a very deep and heartfelt thank you to all of you. I will never forget everything you’ve done to support and help me. And no matter where my writing or my novels or anything I may do in the future takes me I will never forget what all of you have done for me.

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Just a shot of a VERY thankful Danny in His Power Chair

Just a shot of a VERY thankful Danny in His Power Chair

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As always, I am honored that you come here and read my work.

Thank you!

And, On A Happier Note!

                   Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe and an afternoon posting. I just had to come back and write something less…. Beggy. Thing of it is? This adversity is bringing out the strong writer in me! Get this, since the first week in June I have written and published FIFTY articles. (50) I’m, sorry for that break there… I was just taking a moment to ‘Smell the flowers’.

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That is fifty articles, of varying lengths and on many topics, in just over fifty days. Looking back, during that time, I have started and (nearly) finished the single most popular (to date) series of articles. Of course I speak of (the favorite of many of you) ‘MMORPGs And YOU!’

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This week I will write (if all goes as planned) the Seventh in the series… of a game yet to be decided. Within this same time period I have began these series as well; ‘A Week In Review’, ‘Sunday Funnies’ and ‘The Whittling of America’ (part TWO is scheduled to appear late this week). That makes me very happy. It is as though, through this hardship (and what ever might still be coming) I have created my voice. Well, my written and on line voice. My spoken voice I started working on in Middle School with vocal lessons. My speaking voice, I am very proud (and thankful) to posses. I lost it, for awhile, right after the accident. (Someone, remind me to talk about 1987 and the typewriter that fell on my head!)

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YOU, My Dear Readers, are instrumental (nice play on words) in helping me create my writing presence. Oh, I have written (one way or another) since I was but 8 (in 1965) when I bought an old Smith Corona typewriter from a yard sale in Pearland, Texas. However, it wasn’t until The Other Shoe that I developed my political writing style… and created ‘The Adventures of Princess Nadia’. (My ‘pet’ project… another play on words… I am simply On Fire!)

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I have to get back to making phone calls and looking for another place to live. My Dear Readers, I just wanted to share some of the happiness you bring me. “Thank you!”

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In closing, I simply must brag. My traffic (at both blogs) is fantastic! At and over One Thousand Views a MONTH! Know it of not? YOU, My Dear Readers, are a part of a movement. Each and every day I receive more; RSS requests (feeds for readers), Followers (from Word Press YEAH for Word Press!!!), and Facebook friends. It is an HONOR! If you would like to follow my blogs @ Facebook go here and ‘Like’ the page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Other-Shoe/422925147744171?ref=hl) You will get ALL updates on articles and SPECIAL notices!

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On the other hand… if you would like me as a Facebook friend? I would be Honored! I am ‘Danny Hanning’ I would be honored to make your acquaintanceship and even your friendship.

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To recap. My writing is blossomed, my blog traffic is on the rise, I have 105 (!) ‘Like’s for my Indiegogo campaign, and I am happy that you like what I write. This is something good… I am honored. This is something, that for me, will last the remainder of my life. I may not be able to walk, without help… or eat or bathe. However, I can still write and I can still entertain. You keep coming to read. I will keep working to entertain you.

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As the Earth Rotates On Its Axis.

As the Earth Rotates On Its Axis.

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The sun rises, each and every day, in the East and sets here in the West. We rise each day with a desire in our hearts, just to make it trough another day without hurting anyone or getting hurt by anyone. As the Earth rotates on its axis we ride along @ roughly 1,000 miles per hour. We all make mistakes, some large some small, and most of us learn from our mistakes. Our friends and loved ones make mistakes, we work to help them overcome and forgive their errors. As the Earth rotates on its axis.

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There is another ‘old saying’ most of us heard as children and understood as adults. “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water’. This is an adage to caution mankind about the volatility of his zeal. How zealotry and purism can harm the cause of the zealots. In politics it is the ongoing battle to keep from boxing one self into a corner. Example; ‘legitimate rape’. Said by a Republican running for the Senate, it impacted the larger political debate, and the Presidential election. One man indulged his zeal, in an attempt to kowtow to his fringe/base, and he hamstringed the Presidential campaign. As the Earth rotates on its axis.

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One day, back in August of 1987 a department manager at a Target store puts a typewriter in the last place on earth it should be, on the top of a stack of loosely stacked cardboard boxes. He goes home, that night, thinking little of the mistake he made, nor of the steel typewriter hanging perilously thirty feet above unsuspecting heads.  At 2:15PM the next day, that very typewriter dropped on a thirty-year-old male’s head, and forever changed that man’s life. One man’s slough results in another man loosing his ability to walk… to eat and swallow. One misplaced typewriter ends up devastating another man’s life, forever. As the Earth rotates on its axis.

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A young man makes a wonderful new friend, while starting college. They perform together, and end up rooming together. The young man gets to know the friend, and his new wife. The wife becomes pregnant, and one day the young man asks his friend to cover a graveyard shift so the young man can “get better acquainted’ with a woman he hopes to one day marry. That night the store his held up by a man with a gun. That night the young man looses his best friend to a violent crime with a gun. The friend died just because the young man wanted to fall in love. As the Earth rotates on its axis.

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We all make mistakes. Some of us have the good fortune to look back without regret. Some of us can never really look back, with out great pain. Not that pain, in and of its self, is a bad thing. Personally, pain has brought about great change. Pain can clear the mind and purge the soul. Pain can crystallize priorities. Pain can bring vision. Though there is a lot to be said about not being in pain, I am only guessing as I awake in pain and go to sleep in pain. That’s my life, right now, pain. As the Earth rotates on its axis.

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Crazy, that, my pain drives me to put thought to paper. It is also pain that keeps my thoughts from being put to paper.  A year ago, my pain was a huge motivator. It helped me; start, organize, run, promote, and successfully conclude a charity project. My pain kept me focused on the goal, while daily reminding me of the reason I needed to raise money. Soon I would not be able to walk. I didn’t want to try and raise the money after the fact. I knew depression would follow the loss… it always had before. That day is pretty much here, and I was right. A week ago I was full of life and vigor. I was writing more than I had in a year’s time. I was starting a novel that I saw in my mind, and felt in my heart. Time and effort had combined to give me a little shot at life, again. As the Earth rotates on its axis.

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Monday came, and I just couldn’t move. Something has changed, in my condition. Something deeply disturbing.

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As a young boy I was often sick. My brother Darrell most likely will not remember, do not know if he does or not. When I was just a toddler… I had to wear metal braces pon my legs. I was a often sick young boy. Each and every Easter I spent in bed, in Houston on Thrush street. I would manage to contract strep throat every spring, and would spend the spring holidays lying in bed with high fevers. One year I saw purple elephants dancing like an animated border between the walls and ceiling of our family room. I was so sick and had such I high fever I was kept in the front room. One year, the fever was so high… my arms and legs felt like spaghetti… and things seeming small felt large, and large small. I was disconnected from my body, by a fever. As the Earth rotates on its axis.

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Last week, I started having that feeling again. This time I have no fever… beyond one to make a dream come true. My dream; ‘Princess Nadia and the Healing Light’ is all I think about. It lives inside me, clawing at my mind day and night wanting to come out. But my hands feel like they are miles away. I have moments, even afternoons, where I can work. Like today. Today I decided to talk to you, My Dear Readers, about my blog and my life. I really want to write my blog, I love to share and entertain. Hell, you see it. I write, quite regularly, then I fade.  In and out, like the light of a lightning bug. But this darn earth just keeps rotating on its axis, ticking away my days and nights.

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I want to be here with you, My Dear Readers. However, Nadia is calling me. Believe it or not, a whole world is calling me. Oh, it’s Earth and you will recognize it easily. Things are just really different… sometimes better. Without help, I cannot be in two places at once. Without help I cannot keep this blog with new content, and build a world that lives inside me and yearns to be released.  Maybe, soon, these feelings will lessen. Maybe they will stop. Just as likely they will worsen. I am going to keep trying to do both, without help.

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However, if push comes to shove, I will put my story… Nadia’s story first. I will share bits and parts here @ The Other Shoe. But, I cannot share a lot. I want to publish my work, when done, and nobody is going to publish a novel that is already… well, free.

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Will this be a mistake? Who knows? Will I get help? Who knows? Will I tell my tale (tail… hehehe)? Y E S baring my body giving up on me tomorrow, I will finish writing Nadia’s tale. And the Earth continues to rotate on its axis.

Otrazhenie

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